Accessible Trip Planner

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Combining the Trimet datasets/services with the datasets pertaining to curbs, sidewalks, and slope/elevation would allow a user to plan an "accessible" trip. Walking or otherwise traveling to a station that's technically the closest one may not be the best option if it's a 50ft elevation gain or the travel path has no sidewalks or curb ramps. The solution is a front-end to the TriMet trip planning services that picks the best routes and walking paths for those that are in a wheelchair, walker, scooter, or would simply prefer not to hike up a hill if it's not necessary. Evaluating a series of available routes and weighing them based on the user's preferences - elevation, sidewalks, curbs, etc - would be a fairly straightforward task. This could also be useful for those traveling with children that don't want to walk along the edge of streets with no sidewalks.

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maxogden's picture

Hi, I'm the developer of ADA PDX (http://adapdx.com)

I have been looking into routing algorithms and this is a very difficult problem to solve. However, I would like to attempt to come up with some sort of routing solution. I'll keep you posted on any ideas I have

Submitted by maxogden on October 12, 2010 - 1:23pm